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Report: California Overtime Pay Increased While Brown Was Oakland Mayor

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Oakland, CAPublic employees in Oakland received a great deal of California overtime pay while Jerry Brown, who is currently the state's attorney general and Democratic nominee for governor, was mayor of the city, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Brown was mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2006, and in that time, 82 public employees were able to double their annual salaries through California overtime pay, reports the news source.

Additionally, 21 city workers obtained more than $100,000 in overtime in a single year, and 681 of the approximately 4,000 city employees earning at least $20,000 in base pay increased their salaries by, at the minimum, 50 percent in at least one year while Brown was mayor.

Many of the employees who doubled their salaries through overtime were police officers and firefighters, like Police Officer Sullivan Stallworth Jr., who said that the extra hours were important for the city.

"We were understaffed and overworked," Stallworth told the news provider. "I think [Brown] was just trying to make sure the community was served properly."

However, critics point out that all this overtime pay made Brown popular with public employee unions, who are large donors to Brown's gubernatorial campaign.


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